Priest lauds BEC’s ‘evangelizing’ role
An image of St. Columban of Ireland RAYMOND SEBASTIAN
OLONGAPO City – Days before the liturgical year ends and a new one starts, a Catholic priest took the opportunity on Thursday, Nov. 23, to recognize the contributions of the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in the work of evangelization, praising their commitment in reaching out to those at the margins of society.
“They go out their way to comfort the poor and to invite inactive Catholics back to the Church. They go from house to house visiting the ‘unchurched,’ encouraging those among them who are in a live-in relationship to marry and to have their children baptized,” shared Fr. Daniel O. Presto in his homily at the Columban Parish, Olongapo.
According to the priest, who serves as the diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Iba, the inspiring work of the BECs mirrors the apostolate of the parish’s patron, St. Columban of Ireland (543-615), whose feast Catholics of Olongapo, as well as students and faculty of the nearby Columban College, celebrated recently for an entire week.
“A personal visit to their houses will go a long way towards drawing them closer to the Church,” added the priest.
He further challenged Catholic Christians to be agents of communion, participation, and mission in line with the PCP II vision of a renewed Church based in turn on the Vatican II vision of the Church as “Community of Disciples that live in communion and that participate in the mission of the Church as a priestly, prophetic, and kingly people and as the Church of the Poor.”
Presto pointed out this can only be achieved through a life of prayer and detachment which will enable the faithful to aspire to the things of heaven.
“Wherever we may find ourselves in, be it at home or at the place where we work, let us always find time to be with God in the silence of our hearts,” he said. CBCPNews